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  1. I couldn’t agree more Sarah. To put another spin on your message – it seems to me there is an elephant in the classroom (many classrooms, not all and throughout most countries) and that elephant is ‘a lack of genuine student engagement’. We can throw as much money as we like at the current system but if students are not genuinely engaged then quite likely not much will change. This is becoming glaringly obvious in Australia, for example. I don’t see much room for ‘genuine engagement’ in the educational structure we’ve been using for the last century/s. However, what you are alluding to – personalised, learner-driven education – is surely a step in the right direction. But of course, Hattie will say that ‘personalised, learner-driven education’ rates lower than 0.4 on ‘the scale’ and therefore shouldn’t be attempted. Ho hum.

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